Savon Huggins goes public for Rutgers


In the end, Savon Huggins tried to create a little drama in his announcement (which you can view here); briefly donning a powder blue Tar Heels cap before pulling it off to reveal a stylized Rutgers cap (this one, for the fashion-conscious). Rutgers didn't have much to worry about though after leading for Huggins for the better part of the year, and now the St. Peter's Prep star is poised to key a quick turnaround in 2011. Right when the national media is ready to write Rutgers football off, Greg Schiano finds a vote of confidence (with an assist from the Shulers) to top Anthony Davis as the biggest commitment in program history. Realistically, most freshmen backs usually struggle to some extent with pass protection and receiving. Rutgers is in the process of rebuilding its offensive line after an awful 2010, and is also in the process of switching back to a pro-style offense after a failed dabbling with the spread. Having Huggins around as a feature back will be critical. It's not fair to expect Huggins to be Adrian Peterson from day one, although Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy could be within reach. He likely will start in 2011, although Joe Martinek and Jordan Thomas are likely to see their share of touches too, especially early on. Rutgers absolutely should milk this verbal to build recruiting momentum over the next week and for the 2012 class, and to sell season ticket packages. In terms of on-field performance though, there's not really any upside left in setting expectations higher once Savon's signature goes on to his letter of intent next week. By all means feel free to celebrate and revel like bacchanal maenads in the comments section though. And remember, the name is pronounced "Say-Vonn". It's highly recommended that everyone go up a pitch or two at the end like you are Oprah Winfrey.